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wet suit?

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wet suit?

Hi all,

I know there are probably other places to query, but y'all are always so helpful, I'll try here first. Is a wetsuit recommended for diving in late April/early May? I wore a suit when diving in Palau in February a few years ago, but not sure how the temps compare?

Thanks as always!

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1. Re: wet suit?

QOTR, since I'm not a diver per say but love to snorkel, I'll let you draw an idea. The water temps in South Sea lagoons that time of year is just coming down slightly from the warmest it is all year. Jan-early April see very bathlike conditions. 80's easily on the surface. Pub

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I'm going about a month after you and am planning on taking my 3mm. I'm expecting temps to be 79-80 or so, but I'll be doing lots of repetitive dives (and hate being cold). In Palau, I typically have worn 1mm suits, with temps running as high as 84 degrees.

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Not sure if this will work, but here's a graph of the historical water temps:

<img src="www.naia.com.fj/research/watertemp_lrg.gif">

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4. Re: wet suit?

Thanks for the quick response!

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I recently returned from a trip to Nukubati on Vanua Levu (mid-March). Both my wife and I wore 3mm full suits and were perfectly comfortable in the 87 degree (F) water. I was not hot or cold (maybe a little hot just before getting into the water). The crew was wearing shorties (or spring suits). I would wear either a shorty or a full, just my opinion. This way at least you are guarded against jelly fish, which we saw many.

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I just got a response from the Nai'a and they recommended at least 3mm full suits, and also suggested hoods 'just in case'. They said the staff typically wear 5mm suits. I think I'll be taking my 5/3 with me as I hate being cold. I've never worn more than a 3mm in Palau, and often just wore a 1mm.

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7. Re: wet suit?

Thanks for sharing that. I am even more convinced to take it along.

Jupiter, Florida
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Have a great trip!!

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9. Re: wet suit?

April/May the water temp is dropping as it's heading into winter here. Drops to about low 80's F. Depends on how many dives a day you are planning.

Remember that Feb in Palau is smack bang in the middle of their winter so pretty nippy.

April May is one of my favourite times, water's cooling off so viz is getting better, but the water's not dropped to temps where I need more than my 5mm for 4 dives a day.

I recommend bringing a wetsuit, if you're prone to getting cold, a full 5mm. If not then a 3mm shorty is suffiecient for a couple of dives a day.

Stuart

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10. Re: wet suit?

"Nippy" in Palau is relative. :-) As it's so close to the equator, the water temp doesn't vary all that much. I've gone there 3 times in February and twice in May, and the weather has been pretty consistent. The water temps have always been in the low eighties, up as high as 84. The last time I went, I wore 1mm suits the entire time.